The People Who Died (#86)

The People Who Died (#86)

There was a point where I used to acknowledge a lot more of those we have lost recently, and I called the series The People Who Died, natch, which seemed funny and a great way to pass the time. But as the years add up, and more people pass, the idea seems less fun to me. Going through the lists of people who have gone, dredging up the memories… it just feels like a lot less of a “cool” idea, and more of an emotional drain.

However, there are so many we have lost recently – many of whom I actually quite enjoy as artists – that it seemed like I needed to press forward. We are all coping with loss of some kind, and maybe through the celebration of art that we enjoy, we can find a way to process all of this loss and feel good about it, even if in some small way.

This program includes samples of Leonard Cohen, Katherine Dunn, a PBS special about Sam Shepard, Monty Hall, and an interview with / lecture by Sir Terry Pratchett. During the podcast-only bonus section of the program, there are also samples of Roger Moore, Adam West & June Foray, too. They are not credited below, and I’m starting to think that, aside from absolutely essential credits, I may just start doing something like this. Obviously, I would love your input. How would you like to see the show notes written in the future?

Regardless, I think it works for the flow of this show, and I think it’ll work for you, too. Give it a shot. And, of course:


Spinitron Playlist


The People Who Died


Part I: That’s The Way It Goes

01.) Everybody Knows * Leonard Cohen * I’m Your Man * Columbia Records (1988)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Excerpt 1 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)

Part II: I Don’t Go Out Much Anymore

04.) Ever Since The World Ended * Mose Allison * Ever Since The World Ended * Blue Note (1987)
05.) Night People * Allen Toussaint * Motion * Warner Bros. Records (1978)

Part III: All Night Long
06.) Excerpt 2 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
07.) Maybellene * Chuck Berry * “Maybellene” b/w “We Wee Hours” * Chess Records (1955)
08.) I’m Walkin’ * Fats Domino * “I’m Walkin'” b/w “I’m In The Mood For Love” * Imperial Records (1957)
09.) All Night Long * Keely Smith * Live TV Performance * (1956)
10.) Hands On The Wheel * Harry Dean Stanton * Partly Fiction * Omnivore Recordings (2014)
11.) People Say I’m Not Good * Charles Manson * Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (1970)

Part IV: Running Out of Time

12.) Excerpt 3 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
13.) Full Circle * Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble & Jaki Leibezeit * Full Circle * Virgin Records (1982)
14.) Running Out of Time * Dead Moon * Nervous Sooner Changes * Tombstone Records (1995)


Part V: Timeless

15.) Excerpt 4 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
07.) Timeless * John Abercrombie * Timeless * ECM Records (1974)

Part VI: Virtue

08.) Excerpt 5 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
09.) Maiden Voyage * Roswell Rudd * Flexible Flyer * Arista Records (1975)
10.) Virtue * Sonny Murray * Sonny’s Time Now * Jihad Productions (1965)

Part VII: Le Voyage

11.) Titan’s Might * Z’EV * Schönste Muziek * Dossier Records (1986)
12.) Après La Mort 1 (Fluide Et Mobilité D’un Larsen) * Pierre Henry * Le Voyage * Philips Records (1967)
13.) Excerpt 6 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)

Ghost Stories II: Aircheck of The Damned (#23)

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I have to say, I’ve been doing Halloween Radio for years now, but these Ghost Stories episodes are some of the most fun things I’ve ever done for any radio program.  There was something about the idea of people calling in to talk about their own experiences that I knew would go over well, but I had no idea what it would be like until we were live.  In a way, that’s the beauty of radio; you never know, until its happening, what you’re going to get.

3d7c74ea271988c879356158a5abe0b0However, we starting things off this week on a somber note, even for a Halloween Broadcast, as we must tend the horror business of John Zacherle himself passing from this universe on Thursday Evening.  While dying at the age of 98 after a long and incredible career such as his is certainly not a tragedy – and The Cool Ghoul himself would probably make some tasteless jokes about his own passing – it does mark the end of an era, for sure.  Zacherle was not only the second ever horror host in the late ’50s (of which you can see some samples over here), but a key figure in Halloween Music, almost creating the genre with his novelty record, “Dinner With Drac.”  To kick off the show, I bring you a mini-mutation of my favorite Zacherle tracks.  While I don’t usually like to get political on this program, I do urge you to vote Zacherle in the coming election, and remember the Cool Ghoul the way we all should: laughing at a crude monster joke he just made on the spot.

new-adBut that’s not all!  The meat of this program are a pair of phone calls.  One, from our good friend horridus of devilsclub, who calls to offer two true stories of experiences he had that must be heard to be believed.  horridus is a good friend of the program, and is always welcome, especially if we get stories like this.  I would also urge people to see him perform LIVE, in Salem Oregon at The Space, along with Uneasy Chairs, Remy Gnol, Justin Smith, and Nathan Pepperoni w/ CEOs Incorporated.  This is a show like no other, and it would be a bummer to miss it.

10259725_672919829469070_1501348555310748445_nOur second call is from James Warren, a regional ghost hunter who has been investigating in the area for three years.  James started Oregon Paranormal Pack out of interest in what else is out there, and we barely scratched the surface in terms of what he would have talked about, and other true stories of experiences he’s looked into.  You can find out more information, and see videos of their work, over here on their page.  When it comes to Ghost Stories, and the unexplained, James came to mind almost immediately, and I was very pleased to get him on the program.

All that, and we touch base with Uneasy Chairs again.  What a great way to celebrate the season!

We dropped a wide range of retrocasts and other Holiday Programming all throughout the month of October, and we have one more on Monday Night, proper, before we leave the Spook-tacular Season behind us.  If you want to catch up on all the programs this month, this handy link allows you to peruse at your leisure, and find one that is best suited to the party you’re having.  I guarantee that all of them will work as the perfect soundtrack to any party you might want to attend.



Spinitron Playlist.

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Part I: It’s Time To Start Telling Stories

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Let It Go To Hell * Uneasy Chairs * EXIT * (2016)

Part II: A Tribute To Zacherle, The Cool Ghoul (The People Who Died) (A Mini-Mutation)

03.) Dinner With Drac * John Zacherle * Dinner With Drac * Cameo Records (1958)
04.) Zacherle For President * John Zacherle * Spook Along With Zacherle * Elektra Records (1960)
05.) Happy Halloween * John Zacherle * Scary Tales Featuring John Zacherley * Parkway Records (1962)

Part III: Austin Is Fine

06.) Halloween Sound Collage [Excerpt I] * Arvo Zylo * Halloween Sound Collage * Self-Released (2016)
07.) The Right Shadow * The Giant Worm * 26 June 2015 Olympia Experimental Music Fest, Eagle’s Ballroom * Self-Released (2015)

Part II: horridus of devilsclub

08.) Live At Occult Sciences * devilsclub * 1/3/15 at Josephine, Seattle, WA. * (2015)
09.) The horridus Phone Call

Part III: Present At A Hanging

10.) Halloween Ambience (Remix) * Austin Rich * Halloween Ambience (Remix) * Self-Released (2015)
11.) Universal Telephone Ring Sound Effect * Universal Sound Effects Department * Universal Telephone Ring Sound Effect * Universal Studios (1970)
12.) The Weather Computer Phone Call (Again)
13.) Present At A Hanging * Austin Rich * The Ways of Ghosts * WTBC Records (2015)

Part III: James Warren of Oregon Paranormal Pack

14.) Halloween Ambience (Remix) * Austin Rich * Halloween Ambience (Remix) * Self-Released (2015)
15.) The James Warren Phone Call

Part IV: This Is Certainly Austin Rich

16.) Ghosts (New York, 1964) [Excerpt] * Albert Ayler * Holy Ghost * Revenant Records (2004)
20.) The Uneasy Chairs Phone Call
21.) To Raise The Dead * Vincent Price * Tales Of Witches, Ghosts And Goblins * Caedmon Records (1972)
22.) The Austin Rich Phone Call?

The Time Zones Exchange Project: A Tribute To Don Joyce (#9)

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In the last year I’ve written quite a bit about Don Joyce, who was not only my favorite DJ, but hosted the incredible Over The Edge program for 34 years, until he passed at exactly one year ago, today.  Over The Edge was not only near and dear to my heart, and a weekly part of my life for a large chunk of it, but was the exact influence that showed me what my radio programs could be like, and how they could take shape.  The story that won me over as a fan is the one that appears on the program today, and is an excellent entry point into the weird world of his kind of experimental radio.

“The Time Zones Exchange Project” is a story edited from several OTE Broadcasts that were on KPFA Radio from 1989 – 1992.  The story is… complicated, but immediately converted me into a fan.  But it took the CD Release for me to hear it in the most easily accessible form; the narrative played out over weeks and years, and became some of the mythology of OTE as it developed over the last 20 or so years.

To have lost Don was to loose an inspiration and a friend, one that I never met and never spoke with, save for a brief e-mail exchange in 2008.  It was the first time I cried over a celebrity death since High School, and not only showed me how much he was an influence, but how the loss of a radio personality that I became familiar with as I grew into an adult seemed far too symbolic, especially during the weekend where I had turned 40 and celebrated a bachelor party.

As mentioned on the show, has created a nearly-complete collection of Over The Edge Broadcasts, and I wrote about the release of this collection and offer some suggestions as to places you can start listening.

Don was 71, when he passed, and spent almost 50 years of his life in the service of making radio.  A single hour of my program cannot begin to do justice to this singular radio voice.  But, hopefully, it can serve as a place to start for people who never got to know how great he was.



The Time Zones Exchange Project: A Tribute To Don Joyce

Part I: “This Is The Piddle Diddle Report”

01.) The Time Zones Exchange Project Part I * Don Joyce (Edited by Austin Rich) * Over The Edge Vol. 7: Time Zones Exchange Project * Seeland Records (1994)
02.) Arbory Hill [Excerpt] * Negativland * Deathsentences of the Polished And Structurally Weak * Seeland Records (2002)

Part II: “This Fabled Island”

03.) [01] [Excerpt] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)
04.) The Time Zones Exchange Project Part II * Don Joyce (Edited by Austin Rich) * Over The Edge Vol. 7: Time Zones Exchange Project * Seeland Records (1994)

Part III: “Eaten By A Black Hole”

05.) Don’t Fool Me [Excerpt] * Negativland * Deathsentences of the Polished And Structurally Weak * Seeland Records (2002)
06.) The Time Zones Exchange Project Part I * Don Joyce (Edited by Austin Rich) * Over The Edge Vol. 7: Time Zones Exchange Project * Seeland Records (1994)
07.) Soapbox Cutter * Porest * Modern Journal of Popular Savagery * Nashazphone (2016)